It could very well be a marketing partner for Tesla, though it's not. If you love the minimalist interior of any of the vehicles made by the marque, you're going to love the hinterhouse or hh1, a rustic cabin that leans heavily into Scandinavian design for inspiration without losing its coziness. The fact that it’s designed as EV-friendly is what makes it relevant to our interests, as does its focus on sustainability.
Unlike the countless mobile homes we've been covering in recent years, hinterhouse doesn't move. Well, to be more accurate, the house itself doesn't move, but it still has mobile elements: all the shutters around the house can roll on railings to either close off the house or open it to the outside altogether. This might also be an element of Scandinavian inspiration, and it's definitely a very striking one visually. By simply going outside and pushing the panels this side or the other, you can create the impression of new spaces inside.
The most striking and easily noticeable feature of the house is the fact that it's 60% percent glazing. It's shaped almost like a container home, with the living areas in a very basic layout to create more flow. The walls on each side are glass, down to the one in the bathroom and in either bedroom, with the option to position the exterior shutters as you wish. The fact that hinterhouse is hidden in a forest outside Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada, means visitors don't have to worry about privacy issues and can this way enjoy the extraordinary views at all times from all corners of the house.
The other striking feature is the minimalist styling. Without treading into brutalist territory, spaces remain very inviting and comfortable if sparsely furnished. For a minimalist cabin, hinterhouse offers an incredible amount of storage, but all of it is hidden out of sight in handle-less closets and cupboards or behind "secret" doors.
Outside the house, down a set of wooden steps, is a separate structure that holds the sauna and the outdoor shower. It matches the main building in style, down to the cedar exterior and expansive glazing with the rollable shutters, but it's even more spectacular. Push and slide the shutters, and you're taking a shower smack in the middle of the forest, completely outside yet still in.
While the goal of hinterhouse is to promote slow living, sustainability, and the possibility of disconnecting from the noise and pollution of everyday city life, it can still double as remote office. It has Starlink internet, a large TV in each bedroom, also hidden in the walls, and obviously plenty of space to plunk down your laptop and get some work done. The couple offers Teslas for rent, so the house also has a Level 2 charger for a Tesla. The fact that the style of the house matches the interior cabin of the current number 1 EV is a most fortunate coincidence and one that's bound to strike a chord with the modern eco-warrior.
This is the kind of sustainable lifestyle we could all get behind.